The Garrett County Board of Education voted last evening, November 10, 2020, to move students to a red, fully virtual learning model beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020, and continuing until at least Thursday, December 10, 2020. GCPS is also cancelling all in-person extra-curricular activities and athletic events and practices effective immediately. The Board of Education made this decision based upon the significant increase in cases throughout Garrett County and also upon the number of GCPS employees and students who are currently quarantining or isolating due to possible COVID exposure. District leaders and board members have worked closely with the Garrett County Health Department (GCHD) to examine positivity percentages and case rates. Together, they will continue to monitor and review current health metrics and trend data in Garrett County and surrounding communities. The Board of Education will make the decision at their December 8, 2020 meeting to either continue virtual learning or to transition back to in-person learning. Over the next month, school system leadership will continue to collaborate with the GCHD to analyze trend data to ensure that the Board of Education members have the most up-to-date information in order to make a decision that protects both students and staff. We are well aware that this will be difficult for some families, especially those with poor Internet connectivity, to manage. More information will be forthcoming regarding these and other challenges students will be facing in the coming month.
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